Couttie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Couttie, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. The ancestors of the Couttie family lived in Cults in Aberdeenshire where the name can be found since very early times.

Early Origins of the Couttie family

The surname Couttie was first found in Aberdeenshire. The name is "a common surname in Upper Deeside. Richard de Cotis appears as a landowner in Elgyn, 1343. In 1392 John de Cowtis and Donald de Cowtis were put to the horn as part guilty of the slaughter of Sir Walter de Ogilvy, sheriff of Angus and others. The principal family of the name was established in the earldom of Mar, Aberdeenshire, by a Crown charter in 1433, of the lands of Ochtercoull or Auchtercoul in favor of William Coutts, his brother Alexander, their cousin John, and his brother Alexander." [1]

Early History of the Couttie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Couttie research. Another 439 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1348, 1392, 1434, 1470, 1473, 1411, 1478, 1483, 1525, 1526, 1529, 1531, 1553, 1555, 1583, 1672, 1553, 1699, 1750, 1742, 1699, 1735, 1822, 1566, 1567, 1567 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Couttie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Couttie Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Couttie has been written Coutts, Couts, Coots, Cootes, Coutt, Cout, Coot, Coote and many more.

Early Notables of the Couttie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was John Coutts (1699-1750), a British merchant and banker, Lord Provost of Edinburgh in 1742. He was the "eldest son of Patrick Coutts, a tradesman in Edinburgh, and formerly of Montrose, by his wife, Christina Smith, was born on 28 July 1699. He entered into business as commission agent and dealer in grain, and rapidly acquiring capital became a negotiator of bills, a business which the banks...
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New Zealand Couttie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Couttie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Couttie, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • Janet Couttie, aged 25, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • George Couttie, aged 12, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • Alexander Couttie, aged 9, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • James Couttie, aged 2, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
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Contemporary Notables of the name Couttie (post 1700) +

  • Vernon John Gordon Couttie (1891-1967), Australian rules footballer from Ballarat East, Victoria who played with St Kilda in 1914


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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